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“Train over Plane” – New campaign to replace short haul flights with rail

The campaign is spearheaded by SilverRail Technologies and there are ten other organizations that are partnering with it as well.

Not-for-profit organization ALLRAIL is the Association of Passenger Railroad New Entrants. Together with one of its members – the online travel comparison and booking portal Omio – ALLRAIL is a partner in a new campaign to replace short haul flights with rail, in order to decarbonise the transport sector. The campaign is spearheaded by SilverRail Technologies and there are ten other organizations that are partnering with it as well.

"Firstly, we must be clear: airlines still have a important role in the global economy. This should be on long haul routes, where they connect different parts of the world, particularly across the oceans. However, with air travel accounting for 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, a number of countries are already phasing out certain short haul overland flights in favour of greener rail alternatives.

At the same time, the rail alternative must be an attractive one, in terms of frequency, choice and affordability. Therefore, our campaign calls for three key obstacles to be overcome:

  • Achieve interoperability of rolling stock & track infrastructure and develop new pan-operator ticketing solutions – to end the fragmentation of passenger railroads, particularly in Europe.
  • Improve the end-to-end customer experience, for example with a new mandatory Agreement on Journey Continuation between different operators – so that passengers do not get stranded when changing trains.
  • Expedite market liberalization – in order to reduce prices for consumers, improve attractiveness, eliminate inefficiencies and grow the popularity of the rail sector.
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